Tuesday, March 30, 2010

April Events

YA Craft: Pop Tab Bracelets
Saturday, April 3 @ 2 p.m.
Thursday, April 15 @ 5 p.m.
Grades 6-12

Learn how to make bracelets with just ribbon and pop can tabs.
Sign-up is appreciated but not required.

Movie Night: Beetlejuice
ay, April 5 @ 5 p.m.
Grades 6 and up
After Barbara and Adam Maitland are killed in a car crash, they find themselves trapped as ghosts in their beautiful New England farmhouse. Their peaceful 'existence' is disrupted when a yuppie family, the Deetz's, buy their house. The Maitlands are too nice and all their efforts to scare the Deetz's away are unsuccessful. They decide to call Beetlejuice, a people exorcising ghost, for help.

"Spine-Tingling Stories" Book Discussion
The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint
Tuesday, April 6 @ 5 p.m.
Grades 6-12

New at
her high school, Imogene enlists the help of her introverted friend Maxine and the ghost of a boy who haunts the school after receiving warnings through her dreams that soul-eaters are threatening their lives.
Sign-up is appreciated but not required.

"Off the Shelf" Book Discussion
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
Monday, April 26 @ 5 p.m.
Grades 6-12

In the
not-too-distant future, where biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learn a startling secret about her existence.
Sign-up is appreciated but not required.

Book of the Month - April

Dragonfly by Julia Golding

A princess is betrothed to a prince to unite their nations . . . except that she can't stand the idea, and neither can he. Taoshira, the newest of four elected princesses, comes from the Blue Crescent Islands, where discipline, formality, and the Goddess rule. Ramil's princely upbringing revolves around riding horses and doing what he likes while worshipping a fighting God. Their meeting sparks misunderstanding and instant dislike, to the point that Taoshira wants to call off the marriage.

What starts badly gets worse when prince and princess are ambushed and kidnapped by a group of circus folk. Taoshira and Ramil are brought before Fergox, a vicious warlord scheming for world domination. Fergox plans to humiliate and torment Taoshira into renouncing her faith before marrying her, while Fergox's sister, the Inkar Yellowtooth, has her eye on Ramil. Taoshira and Ramil reject those marriage plans even harder than they rejected their own.

Princess and prince make a desperate bid to escape Fergox and his bloodthirsty sister. Seeking help along the way, Taoshira and Ramil attempt to deliver word of Fergox's upcoming siege to Ramil's father, King Lagan, and to Taoshira's island people to prevent Fergox from taking over their lands and their lives.

Filled with surprising turns and powerful characters, Dragonfly satisfies with its fast-paced action, touches of humor, and deeper themes of faith, devotion, and understanding.

Monday, March 08, 2010

March Book of the Month

From School Library Journal, 10-1-2008:

According to tradition, when the Martin children turn 15, they inherit a suite in the family's small Manhattan hotel and a job: to take care of the rooms and their occupant. On Scarlett's 15th birthday, Amy Amberson sweeps into the suite that Scarlett has just inherited. The woman is demanding and brash, but she does have her charms (and large amounts of cash). In the beginning, Scarlett is overwhelmed, but then her role becomes that of Mrs. Amberson's assistant for her projects, which change on a whim. When Amy decides to help the theater troupe that Scarlett's brother is involved in put on Hamlet, the teen begins a romance with one of the actors. Then everything starts to go awry, and when things get tough, Amy abandons ship, and plucky Scarlett is left to step in and save what needs saving, something that she does with flair. Scarlett's brand of humor is particularly dry and well articulated. This novel blends sibling rivalry and the importance of family, friendship, and romance into a plot that is charming and well delivered.

Emily Garrett Cassady, North Garland High School, Garland, TX

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

March Events

Teen Tech Week: Learn, Create, Share @ Your Library: March 7-13
Stop by the Teen Desk throughout the month of March to get your internet scavenger hunt. Those who complete their scavenger hunt may be eligible for a prize.

Movie Night: National Treasure
y, March 10 @ 5 p.m.
Grades 6 a
nd up
Since his childhood, Benjamin Franklin Gates has known that his is a descendant of a long line of people whose job it has been to guard a treasure hidden by the Founding Fathers. They hid clues to its where-abouts in the country's currency and on the back of the Declaration of Independence. Now, Ben has learned of a plot to steal the Declaration, and has only one option: he has to steal it himself. Even if he pulls off this monumental task, keeping the treasure safe is still going to be incredibly hard, especially since the FBI now knows of his plans. Rated PG

CD Craft
Thursday, March 11 @ 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 20 @ 5 p.m.
Grades 6-12

Celebrate technology by transforming it into something new. Use pieces of CDs to create picture frames, disco balls, or your own artistic mosaic.
Sign-up is appreciated but not required.

"Off the
Shelf" Book Discussion:
Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes
Monday, March 22 @ 5 p.m.
Grades 6-12

A disparate group of high school students thrown together in detention form a band to play at the school talent show and end up competing with a wildly popular local rock band.
Sign-up is appreciated but not required.

The Read for a Lifetime program ends March 31st. Stop by the library once you've read four books from the list in order to get your Certificate from the State of Illinois and your chance to win a gift card.